• WordNet 3.6
    • adj horrible provoking horror "an atrocious automobile accident","a frightful crime of decapitation","an alarming, even horrifying, picture","war is beyond all words horrible"- Winston Churchill","an ugly wound"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The titan arum flower is the largest flower in the world and gives off a horrible odor that smells like rotting flesh when it blooms
    • a Horrible Exciting, or tending to excite, horror or fear; dreadful; terrible; shocking; hideous; as, a horrible sight; a horrible story; a horrible murder. "A dungeon horrible on all sides round."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: When Leonardo Da Vinci was young he drew a picture of a horrible monster and placed near a window in order to surprise his father. Upon seeing the picture his father believed it to be real and set out to protect his family until the boy showed him it was just a picture. Da Vinci's father then enrolled his son in an art class.
    • horrible Exciting or tending to excite horror; dreadful; terrible: as, a horrible sight; horrible cruelty; a horrible story.
    • horrible Hideous; shocking; extremely repulsive: as, horrible deformity; a horrible smell.
    • horrible Synonyms Execrable, Abominable, etc. (see nefarious); frightful, fearful, horrid, awful, revolting.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Horrible hor′i-bl causing or tending to cause horror: dreadful: awful: terrific
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  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “Trouble is the next best thing to enjoyment. There is no fate in the world so horrible as to have no share in either its joys or sorrows.”
  • John Updike
    “Existence itself does not feel horrible; it feels like an ecstasy, rather, which we have only to be still to experience.”
  • Joseph De Maistre
    “I do not know what the heart of a rascal may be, but I know what is in the heart of an honest man; it is horrible.”
  • Emma Goldman
    “Poor human nature, what horrible crimes have been committed in thy name!”
  • Edgar Allan Poe
    “I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.”
  • Woody Allen
    “Life is divided up into the horrible and the miserable.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. horrible, orrible, OF. horrible, orrible, F. horrible, fr. L. horribilis, fr. horrere,. See Horror
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. horribilishorrēre.


In literature:

It was horrible beyond bearing, and for the moment he was ready to throw himself down in his despair.
"To Win or to Die" by George Manville Fenn
The country is in a horrible state of neglect; the government does nothing.
"Yussuf the Guide" by George Manville Fenn
Oh, it is too horrible!
"Trapped by Malays" by George Manville Fenn
To the young wife it was all a revelation, a horrible one.
"April's Lady" by Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
That is horrible, horrible!
"Wisdom, Wit, and Pathos of Ouida" by Ouida
Deeply cut the day before by the cavalry, by Garnett's brigade, and by the artillery, the road was horrible.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
The hands were horribly burned, and her laugh exposed her toothless gums.
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume II (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
In these trifling arrangements what a horrible reality there was?
"Olive A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
I have horrible, torturing dreams, doctor.
"Possessed" by Cleveland Moffett
That penny-liners could make coarse reference or express vague innuendo about this pure-minded, sensitive girl seemed horrible.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee

In poetry:

She may dream of some horrible brute,
Of some genii, or fairy-built spot;
Or perhaps the prohibited fruit,
Or perhaps of—I cannot tell what.
"To A Fly: On The Bosom of Chloe, While Sleeping" by Thomas Gent
There was an Old Lady of Prague,
Whose language was horribly vague;
When they said, 'Are these caps?'
She answered, 'Perhaps!'
That oracular Lady of Prague.
"Limerick:There was an Old Lady of Prague" by Edward Lear
The world is horrible and I am lonely,
Let me rest here where yellow roses bloom
And find forgetfulness, remembering only
Your face beside me in the scented gloom.
"The Garden" by Laurence Hope
It was a horrible thing to hear
Behind me still the sound
I could not bear to have it there,
And desperate, faced me round,
When through the dark a sudden spark
Shot upward from the ground!
"Ned Connor" by Charles Harpur
There is something horrible about a flower;
This, broken in my hand, is one of those
He threw it in just now; it will not live another hour;
There are thousands more; you do not miss a rose.
"In Nunhead Cemetery" by Charlotte Mary Mew
Oh! it was a horrible and heart-rending sight
To see the house in a blaze of lurid light,
And the roof fallen in, and the windows burnt out,
Alas! 'tis pitiful to relate, without any doubt.
"Calamity in London" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Whitney Houston 's sister-in-law Patricia Houston left no stone unturned in describing to Oprah Winfrey the horrible series of moments in which she discovered the talented-yet-troubled music icon had died last month.
The audio is horrible, but who cares cause it's funny.
Aaron Paul, who won an Emmy playing Jesse Pinkman on 'Breaking Bad,' says he will miss the show 'horribly'.
But such positivity neglects the oboxious tunes, band breakups and otherwise horrible music that they tried all year to forget.
Just a few days after a horrible performance, the 'Boys announced that tight end, Jason Witten, has an injured spleen and will be out for a while.
Horrible Bosses' Trailer: Watch Jennifer Aniston Strip Down to Her Underwear.
I got into a horrible accident where someone hit me head on and I broke multiple bones.
Tom Huck talks about bullies and such in Potosi and how it is a horrible town.
A century of treatments have ranged from horrifying to horribly unscientific.
The Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a horrible natural disaster that the area might never recover from… This much is known.
A general appreciation for the art of filmmaking -- so you can recognize when it's being horribly violated.
The first sound of Avey Tare 's set Wednesday night at U Street Music Hall was a horrible and grating squelch of noise.
No one starts out their career trying to be a horrible boss.
What do you think – good or horrible.
Alligator rescue mission goes horribly wrong as a local scientist makes a futile attempt to help a man-eater.

In science:

This space is not separable, and generally the topology is quite different from that of K. (More directly, this space is horrible from the perspective of doing analysis on it.) However, note that K is definitely a convex subset of eK.
A Thinning Analogue of de Finetti's Theorem
The details of the construction, however, are horrible.
Kuranishi homology and Kuranishi cohomology
This business of boundary compatibility of virtual chains is horribly complicated and messy, and a large part of the 1385 pages of Fukaya, Oh, Ohta and Ono’s work on Lagrangian Floer cohomology is devoted to dealing with it.
Kuranishi homology and Kuranishi cohomology: a User's Guide
Later, and alternative “cavity” approach, avoiding the (for mathematicians horrible) replica computation, was found by M´ezard, Parisi and Virasoro, but it also relies on a hierarchical ansatz.
On a nonhierarchical version of the Generalized Random Energy Model. II. Ultrametricity
Indeed one might worry that it would be horribly complicated and involve derivatives to all orders (thus being nonlocal), given the exponential form of the finite Yang-Mills gauge transformations and given the presence of derivatives of all orders in finite gauge transformations in gravitation [Grishchuk et al., 1984].
Empirical Equivalence, Artificial Gauge Freedom and a Generalized Kretschmann Objection